The Natural Therapy Centre for Animals had these things to note on their website:
“Diseases of the musculoskeletal system in dogs have been a considerable veterinary problem for decades. Statistics compiled by the canine science associations indicate that 70-75% of the entire canine population are affected.More than half of the dogs of all breeds exhibit canine hip dysplasia (CHD).
Marc Torel and Klaus Dieter Kammerer - a veterinarian and a scientific journalist with medical training - believe
- CHD is not heritable
- existing dog food is the original cause of CHD.
These current dog food formulations cause dogs to grow fast and have a good pounds of feed to pounds of weight gained ratio, much to the delight of commercial breeders. This improved ratio results from bones and tissue growing fast from the higher levels of protein and grain based carbohydrates but, the bones did not develop into a hard, sound system and the stress on the shoulder and leg joints is proving the undoing of many dogs.
If your dog is now grown and is displaying signs of arthritis and/or hip/elbow dysplasia, you may think it is a lost cause but, it really isn't. Triad Performance Supplement from Build A Better Dog is a chelated mineral and yeast, probiotic, and digestive enzyme treatment that will put some solid structure back in those inflamed joints and increase immune response so that there will be reduced infection in the same areas.
We have numerous field trials where dogs have literally been put back on their paws and now walk and run normally. They also show better energy levels, improved coat quality, and reduced feed maintenance costs.